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Future Fossils

Christine LavinAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000003RR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky humor & sad songs June 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is the disc that got her career going, mainly for the funny tracks. Her style is very sedate, and her songs are usually either very funny, in her own quirky way, or sad and contemplative. Most songs are about relationships, sex, and food, and not too bashful about either, though she never goes beyond the bounds of good taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic CD, often overlooked July 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a CD for you, which contains many hidden gems.
Cold Pizza is a fun little ditty, about the night after a one night stand, and what is available for breakfast.
Bag Ladies Ball is very reminiscent of Shel Silverstein. It is quirky, and if you like Shel's offbeat style of poetry (and his occasional recorded readings of them), this is a song you have to check out.
The Dakota. This is a very emotional song to listen to if you are a John Lennon fan. To people of my generation, "Where were you when Lennon was shot" is the same as "Where were you when Kennedy was shot" to my parents. What makes it even better is that John Lennon is never actually mentioned in the song. This makes it thoughtful and introspective rather then exploitive.
As a side note, my fiancee had this song on a tape for over 2 years, and loved the song. But she is 8 years younger then I am, and had no memory of John Lennon or his death. I had to fill her in on the true meaning behind the song.
While the entire CD is great, The Dakota is a must have for any true John Lennon or Beatles fan. It is a very touching and personal look into how this event affected Miss Lavin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of her studio releases... November 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you already like her, you have to buy this one. If you are a beginner with Christine, this is also a good choice. The four songs I like best are "Damaged Goods", "Regretting What I said", "Ramblin' Waltz" and "Rituals." The first is poignant and true and will hit those of us with the infamous condition "low self-esteem" right in the heart. The next is killer funny. The third title is a sad slice of life about the dark side of the traveling singer lifestyle, and the fourth one is trademark Christine, taking a common insight into the human condition and saying something new about it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Home Run or Strikeout March 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once again, Christine is at her best when she plays it straight in this collection recorded in 1984. "Damaged Goods" exemplifies this, as well as her ode to John Lennon, "The Dakota," preceded by the surprising instrumental, "Space Between Rings."

My favorite song on here is "Nobody's Fat In Aspen." Not as light-hearted as its title may suggest, "Aspen" is the catchiest most bouncy tune on the record.

The somewhat darkly humored "Regretting What I Said..." is the best of the comedic numbers, along with "Artificial Means" and "Cold Pizza For Breakfast," these are songs that hold up to repeated listening.

The rest of the record falls somewhat flat for me. Songs like "Rambling Waltz" and "Rituals" are rather forgettable, and "Bag Ladies Ball" is a spoken word piece that could have been left off.

Much like a lot of Christine's early work, she steers clear of politics on this album, which for my money is a good thing. You can also expect a few dated cultural references, which is per the norm.

Christine's voice and guitar have never sounded better to me than on this album. If you have a turntable, a recommend finding a quality copy on vinyl. I think you'll find the warmth of analog brings a richness to her guitar not since recreated on her other records. Read her "Mem-Wha?" "Cold Pizza For Breakfast" for the interesting story surrounding the recording of the album and you may be as surprised as I was at the overall sonic quality of this collection. Once again, to only be fully appreciated on the original vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lavin's best (and that is pretty good). August 2, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you have never heard Christine Lavin, this is a great place to start. She has half a dozen really great cd's, and this one stands at the head of the line.

It has great humor (esp. "Don't ever call your sweetheart by his name," "Artificial Means," and the very long title shortened to "Regretting what I said...") and great melancholia ("Damaged Goods," and the sublimey sad song about John Lennon's death "The Dakota."

It even has great songs that I am not sure are sad or funny ("Nobody's fat in Aspen").

This is one of maybe 15 or so records I've heard in the last fifty years that just does not missfire. Every song is great. Well, one I am not too fond if, but I think that is more personal preference. And one strike for 12 hits is pretty damn good.

This is the reason I've seen her in concert a half dozen times. I still have my LP record, from a long long time ago, before the time of CD's and downloads.

Buy this, there will be something on it you love.
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